• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

Mosses and Liverworts

The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae, and spikemoss.
The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae and spikemoss.
NPS Photo by Renée West
 
The park’s mosses and liverworts are part of the living soil crusts, as described under Lichens.

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.